Texas Vintage Volkswagen Classic

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The Texas VW Classic took place April 18th – 19th. I wasn’t able to take part, but our talented friend Matt Jackson was in attendance, camera in hand. They say a photo is worth a thousand words. With that in mind, I’d like to share with you a nice array captured from the weekend.

Thanks, Matt!

“Welcome to the Texas VW Classic located in the historic town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Surrounded by the scenic and sometimes wildflower covered hill country of central Texas, Fredericksburg is the perfect venue for a classic Volkswagen show. VW’s of all types, colors and makes show up to fill the streets around town and nearly every parking lot in town has a classic VW. The old German settlement not only offers a beautiful area to cruise the tourist lined streets in your classic vehicle but is also home to some of the best craft & antique shopping, music venues, and German restaurants west of Frankfurt.

The Texas VW Classic, held annually the third weekend in April, has grown into a three day event with some participants arriving to set up camp on Thursday afternoon. In addition to on-site VW and tent camping for participants, Fredericksburg offers a unique array of quaint accommodations including Bed & Breakfast options, local and chain hotels. Reservations should be made early due to the popularity of the area this time of year.”

DIY Vintage Volkswagen Tow Bar Pins & Clips

DIY Tow Bar Pins and ClipsI run constant ads for used tow bars. Not only so but I keep a sharp eye for tow bars at swap meets. Sometimes, I get lucky.

If I get a tow bar which is missing the Pins and Clips, or the Pins are rusted, I make my own from what I can obtain at a good hardware or one of the large “box” hardware stores.

I purchase J-Bolts/Anchor Bolts from the hardware or builder’s section for these. When Neva and I went recently to buy one for this article, we found them in the nail section of a large “box store” in the hardware department. Buy J-Bolts which are galvanized to prevent rusting. (2 of these cost me, including tax, $2.32)

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Anchor Bolts are used for slab foundation buildings. When the cement is still wet, these are inserted with the bent piece down. The threads remain showing. When the cement has dried, the sill plates and other plates will be bolted to these J-Bolts.

Buy J-Bolts which are longer than what you need. I purchased Bolts that are just shy of 8-1/4th inches in length. This way, the threads can be removed so that you can drill the Holes for the Hitch Pin Clips–which also can be purchased at these same stores. A pair of Clips cost me $1.30, including tax.

The Hitch Pin Clips which I use are 5/32nds of an inch in diameter by 2-15/16ths inches long (measure on the straight side) and are bright plated.

Each Bolt comes with a large washer and nut. These can be put with your other saved-for-that-obscure-project parts.

Hayley Fulton’s Canadian ’67 Beetle

HaileyThe Beetle most Americans are familiar with is called the Deluxe. In Europe and Canada, Volkswagen offered a standard version of the Beetle which had minimal chrome, fewer luxuries, a less powerful engine and cost about 10% less. Although these are often referred to as “standard” models, Volkswagen preferred to call the trim line the “Custom”.

Since this trim differed from the Euro Standard models, especially in 1967, we specify them as Canadian Customs. A ’67 Canadian Custom typically came equipped with:

  • 1200 Engine
  • 12 Volt System
  • Leatherette Upholstery
  • Upright Headlamps (The ’67 Euros still had the classic headlamps)
  • Headlamp Dimmer switch on the floor (left of the clutch)
  • Basic Steering Wheel (’67 was the first year to use the modern steering wheel as opposed to the 3-prong style)
  • Partial headliner
  • Back Windows did not open (sealed rubber)
  • Front Vent windows painted body colour, not chromed
  • No door-panel pockets
  • No dashboard grab bar
  • No door post assist straps
  • No radio
  • No dash trim
  • Black interior knobs
  • Small signal lever
  • No speedometer trim ring
  • No fuel gauge (reserve valve instead)
  • No exterior lock on passenger side
  • No dome light switches on doors
  • Gas heater (I am told that the small green light top/left of the speedo is the indicator light for the heater)
  • Many chrome pieces and bumper brackets were painted gray as opposed to being chromed.

It’s not uncommon for Canadian Customs to have add-ons installed at the dealership (or shortly after the purchase) to emulate the look and luxuries of the deluxe models. For example, my Beetle’s certificate specifies being manufactured with exterior chrome but without exterior mirrors. A driver’s side mirror was added on either at the dealership or in the late 1960s (judging by the age and wear of the mirror).

Despite the many years passed and a few modifications, my Beetle maintains many of its original “Custom” characteristics. Enjoy the photos!

Richard Marcoux’s ’66 – ’67 Hazet Tool Kit

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I have had contact with Richard Marcoux (Nebraska) for some years. Richard is well-known for his pristine 1967 Beetles, although he also has had other years of Beetles. Richard has collaborated in several articles with information about parts and operation especially of the ’67 Convertibles. It is a pleasure to have contacts, such as Richard, in order to pin down some of these difficult-to-find facts. In this article, Richard provides absolute information regarding the much sought Spare Tire Tool Kit. One thing which we can take home from Richard’s experience is never to give up the search! His Kit apparently never has been used and represents a bench-mark opportunity to view an unmolested Kit. Richard explains how he came to own this Kit:

With owning a couple of ‘67s, I was used to looking for all those one year only parts. Like all car guys, part of the fun with this hobby is the hunt and finding those special items we are always on the look-out for. The ‘66/’67 Hazet Tool Kit is kind of the same thing. For several years I looked for an NOS kit. I had located several ‘66/’67 kits in all kinds of conditions.

Well… after several years of looking, this one showed up on eBay and it became mine.
The following inventory and pictures detail the contents of the kit.

’67 Beetle License Plate Bracket

License Plate BracketI was choosing a License Plate Bracket for a customer’s 1967 Beetle. Not having focused particularly upon this part, I first examined the Bracket on my own ’67 Beetle.

I did so upon the premise that my car’s equipment is original and correct. So, I performed my examination. Then, I went to my storage and selected the bracket box where I found several—some identical to my own Bracket and some a bit distinctive.

I choose one which was in the best condition. It is of aluminum and had the least bends in it due to years of usage.

Ara Aghamalian’s ’67 Beetle

Ara Aghamalian's ’67 BeetleI purchased this car a few months ago from a guy that is a collector. He bought it from the original family that owned in here in LA.

I originally went to see a Zenith Blue he had, (he only bought ’67 bugs) but that didn’t have the history or originality of this one. The car has all the records going back to when it was sold in 1966, and is largely original with the vast majority of it’s ’67 only parts intact (except the generator/carb/coil/cap). It drives great and goes an indicated 80 as long as there are no strong winds!

My office is only a mile away from home and I drive the bug everyday (VW-Audi Design is across the street how appropriate). I do also drive my ’71 2002 for weeks at a time, and when it’ s too hot I drive my normal car (’06 cayman s).

The bug is the first air cooled car I’ve owned, and really my first vw. I’ve historically been a BMW/Porsche guy with a bunch of miatas thrown into the mix. But, I decided every car guy should own a bug at some point so here I am! If you have any more questions or need more info just let me know.

Best Regards,
Ara Aghamalian